Adaptive Wakeboarding Journey
By now you’ve probably seen me on social media; flying through the air with a wakeboard attached to my feet. I'm having a heck of a lot of fun! Wakeboarding is an incredible sport and I couldn't be happier that I get to do what I love daily. I think it's important that everyone knows why I have decided to pour everything I have into wakeboarding and what I hope to accomplish.
My mission is to grow the sport of adaptive wakeboarding by providing inspiration, coaching and peer support to new adaptive wakeboarders. When adaptive wakeboarding enters the Paralympics; I am going to ensure that there are many like myself that are up to the challenge because they have been exposed to quality training and a competitive adaptive community. In the meantime, I will continue to raise the bar for adaptive riding through dedicated training and a whole lot of competitions. My goal is to show the world that there really isn't any limit to what's possible for an adaptive wakeboarder.
Last year I packed up everything I had and made the trip from Illinois to Florida to start on what would be a lifelong undertaking. I didn't know how I was going to accomplish what I had in mind; but I knew it was worth my time and effort to try.The hardest part is knowing what I am capable of and what other adaptive athletes could accomplish. Someone just needs to take the lead and be the first person to step out and be bold enough to believe that there really isn't any limit to what is possible.
I am ready and willing to be that person, but it isn't an easy undertaking. To accomplish the goal it is going to take being surrounded by others who can provide encouragement and support. I’m asking for your donations to help provide funding that will allow me the means to travel to where I am most needed to raise awareness for adaptive wakeboarding. A portion of this funding will help to defray entry fee costs for competitions and will give me resources so that I can devote myself to teaching and coaching at adaptive wakeboarding clinics to bring new riders into the sport.
I thank you for your contributions and the lives that will be affected through them.
2018 National Adaptive Champion
Some shots from WWA boat nationals. This was such a rewarding experience. First time I really felt I rode well. I can’t wait for Cable worlds in November. I am still in need of support to get there. In the meantime, be on the lookout for a quick edit from that cable that I’ll be putting together
Here’s some video from the 2018 Wake Park Championships that I put together. There will be more exciting videos to come!
Adaptive semi finals in the bag. Adaptive finals about to go down. My goal is to show everyone what’s possible for an adaptive wakeboarder and to encourage other adaptive riders to join me! Also, thanks @rodrigosnaps for just the best picture ever!